“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.”

-Psalm 82:3

“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.”

-Psalm 82:3

PACIFIC CROSSROADS CHURCH

Three formidable issues that plague Los Angeles are homelessness, sex trafficking, and orphaned children. There are currently 35,000 children in the Los Angeles foster care system. Tragic statistics support the fact that many of these foster kids will eventually end up homeless and/or in the sex trade industry.

As a church, we are focusing our efforts on alleviating the problems of foster care to move out in our vision of “Lives transformed by God’s power; renewing Los Angeles for Christ.” Join us by simply taking the first step of exploring this website.

GET INVOLVED

Navigating the foster care system can be difficult. We want to make getting involved in orphan care, in whatever capacity, as simple as possible. Check back often for updates as we hone in on simpler and simpler methods to participate.

BECOME A FOSTER PARENT

Bring a child in crisis into your home.

TIME COMMITMENT: Intensive. Community group or foster team support strongly recommended.

LOCATION: Your home, but visits required several times a week as well as driving to therapy or doctor’s appointments.

TRAINING: Suggested ‘All In’ PCC class, an average of 16 hours of training depending on the agency, as well as personal interviews and a home inspection.

GOOD FOR: Singles and married couples 21 and over.

NEXT STEP: Contact Regan for more information, rwilliams@pacificcrossroads.org.

 

BECOME A SAFE FAMILY

Help biological families in crisis by bringing their child into your home for a temporary period of time.

TIME COMMITMENT: Seasonal and intensive. When a child is in your home you will be responsible for their care. Average stay is 3-6 weeks with ongoing care for families possible on occasion – as desired.

LOCATION: Your home and, if the child is of school age, their neighborhood school, as well as driving children to visits with their parents.

TRAINING: Suggested ‘All In’ PCC class. Safe Families online training and a home visit are required.

GOOD FOR: Singles or married couples 25 and older. Support from a church or community group is highly recommended.

NEXT STEP: Contact David for more information, davidk@pacificcrossroads.org.

 

BECOME A CASA

Advocate for a child in the foster care system. No professional legal experience required.

TIME COMMITMENT: Average 15-20 hours per month. Your appointed CASA child must be visited at least once a month and contacted once a week. A CASA is asked to make a two year commitment to see a case through its completion. Must attend court hearings which occur, on average, every 60-90 days.

LOCATION: Dependent on where the child lives, but a CASA may choose a child to work with based on location.

TRAINING: 40 hours, occurring once a week, four hours per session. Training locations throughout LA with multiple days and times available for your convenience. Info session, application, interview, and background check required.

GOOD FOR: Adults 21 and over, working professionals with flexible schedules. Not suitable for community group activities.

NEXT STEP: Contact Regan for more information, rwilliams@pacificcrossroads.org.

 

BECOME A MENTOR

Invest time and energy into the life of a foster kid. PCC works with multiple mentoring partners throughout LA. Here are a few:

YOUNG LIFE IMPACTING HEARTS: Befriend foster care teens that gather together for group meetings 3-4 times a month, holidays, and even summer camp. Locations in Torrance, Long Beach, and Inglewood. Great for singles, families, or entire community groups.

FIVE ACRES: Serve children and youth at Five Acres facility in Altadena – everything from serving meals to tutoring to leading workshops. Great for singles, families, or entire community groups.

NEXT STEP: Email Dave for more information, davidk@pacificcrossroads.org.

 

ASSIST FOSTER PARENTS

Support foster and safe families at PCC by providing babysitting, meals, prayer or other helpful items.

TIME COMMITMENT: As-needed basis.

LOCATION: Throughout Los Angeles.

TRAINING: Recommended ‘All In’ PCC Class, background check, and CPR training.

GOOD FOR: Singles, families, and entire community groups.

NEXT STEP: Contact Regan for more information, rwilliams@pacificcrossroads.org.

RE-MOVED

A YOUNG GIRL NAVIGATES THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM

I KNOW THEY’RE GOING TO DIE

The heart-wrenching story of a foster care father who intentionally fosters terminally-ill children, knowing full-well that they’re going to die on his watch.

NO. OF CHILDREN IN LA FOSTER CARE

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HOMELESS POPULATION WHO SPENT TIME IN FOSTER CARE

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DECLINE IN FOSTER HOMES FROM 2005 TO 2015

HER NAME WAS JESUS CHRIST

Author Stacey Gagnon tells a heartwarming, but difficult tale of the many obstacles kids in the foster care system face. Please read with caution.

DUFFEL BAGS

On Sunday, May 7th, Pacific Crossroads Church partnered with Together We Rise to pack 1000 duffel bags – filled with practical essentials and gifts like coloring books and a teddy bear, that replace the trash bags handed to them to haul their few possessions.

JESSICA, 18 mo female

TIMELINE

DAY 1 – THE INCIDENT

A neighbor witnesses a violent confrontation and places a call to the Los Angeles child abuse hotline – (800) 540-4000.

DAY 2 – REMOVAL

A social worker and a police officer arrive at Jessica’s home to determine if conditions are clean and safe. After discovering clear signs of abuse, Jessica is forcibly removed and taken to a foster home.

DAY 5 – DEPENDENCY PETITION

Jessica’s parents, numerous lawyers, and a judge gather to determine Jessica’s immediate best interests. The judge rules that Jessica’s home is unsafe.

DAY 178 – SIX MO. REVIEW

Jessica’s father hasn’t attended anger management counseling for the last three months, and her mother remains in rehabilitation. Jessica stays in foster care.*

DAY 345 – PERMANENCY HEARING

It is clear that Jessica’s parents are incapable of caring for her. Alternative long-term care options will now be explored.

DAY 363 – A NEW HOME

Jessica’s maternal aunt has elected to adopt her. She is removed from her foster home and placed in the care of her aunt within a matter of hours.

*Technically, children under three years old are on a “fast-track,” six-month permanency placement timeline, but courts routinely extend this period to well over a year.

Deshawn, 9yr MALE

TIMELINE

DAY 1 – TEACHER CALLS DCFS

Deshawn’s teacher, noting frequent absences, fatigue, and clear signs of abuse, is compelled to call the Department of Children and Family Services – (800) 540-4000.

DAY 2 – REMOVAL

A social worker arrives at Deshawn’s school to investigate. She determines that Deshawn and his little brother and sister should be removed from their home immediately.

DAY 5 – DEPENDENCY PETITION

Deshawn and his younger siblings arrive for their first hearing. Their mother, however, never shows up. The judge determines that the children should be placed into short term foster care until further notice.

DAY 21 – SEPARATION

After multiple violent incidents, Deshawn is removed from the temporary home, away from his brother and sister, and placed in a new home across town.

DAY 34 – DISPOSITION HEARING

Once again, Deshawn and his siblings arrive at court only to find that their mother hasn’t appeared. This is the first time Deshawn has seen his brother and sister in two weeks. The judge orders that the children remain in short-term care for an additional 5-6 months.

DAY 185 – SIX MO. REVIEW

Deshawn and his siblings arrive at the courthouse for what could be their final court date. Once again, their mother doesn’t show up. The judge terminates family reunification and orders Deshawn and his siblings into long-term care.

DAY 189 – A SEPARATED FAMILY

Deshawn’s sister and brother are both adopted by the family that has been caring for them for the past six months. Deshawn is placed in a long-term foster home with eleven other children.

*Deshawn, though technically required to go through a 12-18 month long reunification plan, is placed in a long term home after his mother didn’t show up to the disposition hearing. He’s also been separated from his two younger siblings because of anger issues.

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Click Boom: Nerf Guns and the Cross

What happens when God gives you a foster child that opposes everything you stand for? Author Candice Kelsey weighs in on her family’s beautiful struggle to seek justice through foster care.

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THREE THINGS FOSTER PARENTS DON’T HAVE TO BE

To all those foster parents that are daily learning to navigate everything they need to do and everything they have to be for the sake of these kids…here’s three things you don’t have to be for them today, or tomorrow, or ever…

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YOU WON’T BE ENOUGH

It’s not the right time for us to be foster or adoptive parents. My husband and I got married only a year and a half ago. Getting married in my 30’s, I’m still enjoying the long-awaited “honeymoon” phase of marriage. Lazy weekends where the alarm clock doesn’t exist…

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NOCHE

Noche, a former foster child, testifies to the faithfulness of God’s work in the darkness of our lives, as well as how that darkness doesn’t immediately go away when we become a Christian. We’re thankful for Noche’s faith, but he represents a handful of kids who make it out of the system fairly unscathed…

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CONTACT US

The invisible(s) campaign is just ramping up. If you’d like to contribute your time or skills to our campaign, or if you would like more information about the campaign in general, send us a message!